Feb 15 2016
INDIANA: City Council wants to pass legislation against “Islamophobia” that would force people NOT to hate Muslims
Sorry, only Muslims can get people to stop hating Muslims, and they haven’t shown any inclination toward doing so…not in America…not around the world. Demanding an end to “Islamophobia” only makes people hate Muslims more. This is just the latest example of the Left trying to repeal our First Amendment rights.
News Dispatch “You can’t legislate kindness, but it would be really great if you could,” Councilwoman Pat Boy said, discussing a new resolution she will introduce to the Michigan City Common Council this week. (This discussion should have ended here)
The resolution, titled “Condemning Violence, Bigotry and Hateful Rhetoric Toward Muslims in the United States,” is the result of discussions by local group Citizens Concerned for Syrian Refugees. Boy hopes to see unanimous support from her fellow council members when she introduces the resolution during Tuesday’s council meeting at City Hall.
“Indiana had people lined up to come here as refugees – there were places for them to go and support for them to come here, but the governor wouldn’t let them come,” she said, referring to Gov. Mike Pence’s ban on Syrian refugees resettling in Indiana last year.
This led to a concern for the treatment of all illegal aliens, but particularly Muslims – a group that has seen an upswing in mistreatment in America since 9/11. The resolution says, “Hateful and intolerant acts against Muslims are contrary to the United States’ values of acceptance, welcoming and fellowship with those of all faiths, beliefs and cultures.” (What about all the hateful and intolerant behavior as well as actual violence by Muslim already in the United States?)
It further states, “The rise of hateful and anti-Muslim speech, violence and cultural ignorance plays into the false narrative spread by terrorist groups of Western hatred of Islam, and can encourage certain individuals to react in extreme and violent ways and … these acts affect not only the individual victims but also their families, communities and the entire group whose faith or beliefs were the motivation for the act.”
If approved, this resolution would be a statement from the council “(reaffirming) the inalienable right of every citizen to live without fear and intimidation and to practice their freedom of speech.” (Calling people who criticize Islam “Islamophobic” is what Muslim use to curtail freedom of speech)
Boy said, “It just makes a statement that Michigan City is not in favor of this persecution.” She said state legislators are working on a bill downstate regarding hate crimes – so she thinks the timing of this resolution is perfect. If it is approved, a copy of the resolution will be sent to Pence, as well as the Indiana State Senate and House of Representatives. (And it won’t accomplish anything, least of all getting people to stop hating Muslims)